La Greenway of Lake Comois a nature and cultural trail that winds for a good 10 km (round trip) along some of the most characteristic villages of Lake Como, allowing those who travel it to discover ancient places of worship, historic villas and unforgettable natural views.
La Greenway, which runs through the municipalities of Colonno, Sala Comacina, Tremezzina and Griante, is marked through special signs and plaques placed on the road surface: you can never get lost!
You can choose to walk the entire walk, which lasts about 3 1/2 hours, or individual sections. The route moves along theancient via Regina, a road that owes its name both to its importance as a main road and because during the Middle Ages it was traversed by Queen Theodolinda.
How to get to the lake greenway?
The Lake Como Greenway is most commonly traveled starting from Colonno And arriving in Griante. Here are some suggestions on how to reach Colonno.
Take the A9 highway to Como-Chiasso and exit at Lake Como, which is the last exit for Italy before arriving in Switzerland. Then follow the signs for Menaggio and take State Road SS340.
Colonno is located immediately after Argegno; a sign on the road indicates the beginning of the Greenway. From our apartments in Cernobbio, the Greenway is only 25 minutes away!
Use ASF line C10 (Como-Menaggio-Colico) and get off at the stop Colonno. The bus stop is only five minutes from La Corte di Zizi, and the trip takes about half an hour.
To reach the Lake Como Greenway , boats can be used that stop in the towns of Colonno, Sala Comacina, Campo, Lenno, Tremezzo, and Villa Carlotta .
Arriving at the station of Como San Giovanni and reach the promenade by bus or boat. Alternatively, it is also possible to arrive at the Varenna and reach the greenway by boat.
The first section: from Colonno to Sala Comacina
The Lake Como Greenway begins in Colonno. In this first section, you enter from Chapel Street and continue until you reach the historic city center. Here, passing through the small square, you can then decide whether to go down to see the lakeside part of the village or continue along the path.
After crossing the bridge over the Pessetta stream (often dry), continue on the Via Vecchia Regina where you can admire a splendid view of the town, lake and bell tower of the Parish Church of San Michele Arcangelo; you will finally reach Sala Comacina.
From Sala Comacina to Ossuccio
Continuing on Regina Street, you will arrive at the Chapel of San Rocco. Here you will have the opportunity to take a detour and see the medieval historic core or the small port of Sala Comacina.
Continuing on the greenway you will come across the fascinating Isola Comacina, the only island on Lake Como.
Ossuccio to Lenno
The walk continues as we enter the village of Ossuccio and reach the church of Saints James and Philip, dating back to the 10th-12th centuries. Further along the greenway you will encounter a small cobblestone road that leads to the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Relief.
Continuing along Andrea Castelli Street we cross the entire town. In warm weather, it is advisable to stop at the Ossuccio public park, where in addition to relaxing you can enjoy a magnificent view of the bell tower of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.
Returning to the main street, we pass Villa Leoni until we reach the charming Villa del Balbiano.
Lenno to Mezzegra
Crossing the bridge you will enter the hamlet of Campo di Lenno, where you will pass in front of Villa Monastero Pax until it reaches the Hotel Lavedo. Just beyond the latter, you enter the picnic area, and here you can choose whether to detour to the majestic Villa Balbianello or continue the Greenway until you reach the relaxing Lido di Lenno.
Continuing along the lakefront you will reach the Lenno pier, where you can take a tour of the Lake Como thanks to the services of Navigazione lago di Como.
Lenno to Tremezzo
From the Lenno pier, take the footbridge over the Pola stream that will take you to the San Giorgio Hotel, where a narrow road will take you to the Borgo di Mezzegra. Along this part of the route you will find the churches of St. Joseph and St. Abbondio, as well as a beautiful view of Bellagio.
The path proceeds through the historic core of Bonzanigo to the ancient Rosati Palace, a stately home dating back to the 17th century.
The last leg: Tremezzo – Griante
Once through the historic core of Bolvedro, walk down until you reach the lake. The last section of the Lake Como Greenway, in fact, extends entirely along the lakefront of Queen Street.
In this last section you will see numerous historic villas such as. Villa “La Quiete” and Villa Meier until you reach the pier in Tremezzo, just a stone’s throw from the famous Villa Carlotta and its beautiful botanical garden.
Past the villa we enter the town of Griante, the final stop on the Lake Como Greenway. From here you can take the C10 bus and return to your starting point or reach another destination of your interest.